Southwest flight headed for Providence, RI diverted to Charleston; 3 passengers removed

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Stephan Savoia

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Southwest spokeswoman Whitney Eichinger says that flight 3814 made an emergency landing at Charleston International Airport Tuesday night after what she called a misunderstanding between a flight attendant and a passenger over where to put a piece of luggage.

She says that man and two people he was traveling with were removed from the plane and questioned by authorities. No charges were filed.

Airport spokeswoman Becky Beaman said the plane was only diverted as a precaution.

“The passengers were interviewed by police and the FBI. Authorities deemed that there was no threat,” Beaman said.

The plane, carrying 134 passengers and five crew members, was allowed to continue on to Providence, where it landed about two hours later than scheduled.

Beaman said the passengers who were taken off the plane were placed on another flight to Rhode Island this morning.